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MARTHA ANN SMITH COWART
CHARLES BUNYAN SMITH
T. S. U. LIBRARY -
This booklet is intended to present some of the family background of
Charles Bunyan Smith, son of Isaac Bryan Smith and Ida Emma Brunson Smith.
It is written in the first person and directed to his daughter Martha
Ann Smith Cowart. These relationships must be kept in mind as one reads the
The information found herein was collected over a period of years and
written up as I went along. That explains why there are some repetitions and
slight contradictions here and there. I did not undertake to re-write the
The studies are incomplete. But the information is given in such a
way that an interested person with time and money can complete the parts which
he may want to follow up. This could be done any time in the future. A large
number of people and families would be interested if they knew about the manu-
The information set forth will become more valuable as the years go by,
and also more interesting.
The map shows the immediate community where I grew up from the age of 12. We had lived
on the homestead shown here once when I was about 5 for one year.
The whole place was different from what it is now and from what other farms around in
the community are now. The woods were the original forest, made up of yellow pine, dogwood,
white oak, and other oaks. The pines grew on the uplands with not much undergrowth. One
could see long distances through the large pines.
The purpose of this description is to give my impression that the whole place was beau-
tiful and poetic, and a fine environment for growing boys. In the rear of the house and yard
was a great chestnut grove which also included a large chinquapin tree. Bushels of nuts fell
in October and November. These are all gone now.
Out in the woods wild grapes grew in abundance, and also what we called bullaces. I
suppose the latter were wild scuppemongs. There were many other kinds of wild berries reach-
ing into the fall and winter seasons.
The community had been very sparsely settled for two generations before my day. These
early settlers were typical frontier people. Although most of them had gone or died, we still
designated certain territory by their family names. To the east were the Bush fields, grown
up and deserted. To the north were the Underwood fields, also grown up in pine. We hunted in
this territory. Although most old families were gone, some Brunsons and others remained. My
great Uncle Otis Brunson (Uncle Bud) lived on his place to the north. One brother who owned
a quarter section to the north had gone to Texas or Louisiana many years before.
We moved from the old site at the chestnut grove to the place on the road in 1910. The
old school building was converted into the new house for us to live in. The school which had
been on our farm was moved three miles away to Rocky Hill. We attended school there after 1908
Cameron's Chapel, two miles west, is where we went to church and Sunday School. In this
cemetery is buried a large number of relatives on the Brunson side of the family. Among these
are my great grandfather and great grandmother Brunson, my grandfather and grandmother Brunson,
my mother and her brother, Thomas Fletcher Brunson, a sister of my grandfather Brunson, whom
we called Aunt Bettie Brunson. Buried there was also a sister of my mother, Burt Brunson Peek,
Uncle Otis Brunson and his wife and our Aunt Sallie are buried there. My brother Jesse David
Smith and two of his children are also buried at Cameron's Chapel.
THE PLACES WE LIVED IN MY EARLY CHILDHOOD
My earliest recollections go back to a place where we lived near
Bainbridge, Georgia. The farm was known as the McGill Place. Mr. McGill
was a lawyer and boarded with us. The pictures in my mind are very vague.
I remember the large house and that we farmed. I remember clearly that
Grandma and Grandpa Smith also lived with us or nearby. My recent study
of the family history reveals that Isaac Smith married in Fayette County
Georgia, and later moved to Carroll County. All of his children were born
in Carroll County. Between 1850 and i860, the family migrated to Coffee
County, Alabama. Some later connections were made with Whigham, Georgia,
Once I was told they went over there to cut timber, and that was as late
My great grandfather, Isaac Smith, was living in Alabama in i860 when
my grandfather, Joshua Smith, joined the Confederate Army. The family
continued to live in Alabama and evidently resided at Victoria, in Coffee
County, immediately after the war. Issac's daughter, Margaret, married
Jesse Thompson at Spring Hill, Alabama, during the war; he was killed in
the war. She later married Holley Boutwell, also of Spring Hill. Isaac's
son Joshua, my grandfather, married Mary Jane Grissett, who lived somewhere
around Spring Hill, just after the war. The records reveal that Joshua and
Mary Jane lived in Florida between 1867 and 1877. Three of their children,
Emma, Letha and Isaac were born in that state. They were back in Alabama,
at Spring Hill, in '\&77» What Isaac, Joshua's father, was doing during
these ten years I have been unable to learn. The oral tradition is that
Isaac moved back and forth to Georgia about six times during his life.
Isaac died at Whigham in 1 883 at the home of a daughter, Letha Smith Langley,
All this background explains why the Smiths, including my father and
his brother and sisters, gravitated back to this territory after sojourns
in Alabama. My great grandfather, my grandfather and my father all wound
up their lives and were buried in Georgia, although all of them spent many
years of their lives in Alabama.
It was, I think, from Bainbridge that we moved back to Alabama about
1895 to live on my grandfather Brunson's place, which I now own. This move
was suggested by my grandfather Brunson in the hope that we would settle
down and stay on the farm. This did not work out then. I have learned
since that these early years of the 1890*S were very hard times. They saw
the terrible depression during Cleveland's second term. Once I thought my
father was a poor manager, but on reading about that period, I wonder now
how they got along. So at the end of the first year back in Alabama, he
could not pay out; farm prices had hit the bottom. We moved away again.
This time we went to Host in Crenshaw County, now known as Burnt Out.
A store there, owned by Mr. Driscoll, burned and changed the name of the
place. We rented a farm from Mr. Sill Thomasson, but during the summer
bought a sawmill and went into the lumber business. Something happened in
about a year and everything was lost. We spent one Christmas at Host. The
next Christmas found us back in Georgia, as I will explain.
Leaving Host, we moved to Geneva territory and produced cross ties
for a new railroad, finally winding up in Geneva for a short time. I
recall that during this sojourn around Geneva, my grandfather and grand-
mother Smith and my Uncle Lewis Smith and his wife lived with us. I had
not yet started to school.
Near Christmas of this year, it was decided to return to Georgia. We
went on wagons and camped out at night. Our destination was the home of my
uncle, Forrest W. Cordell, and his wife, Aunt Letha. We arrived in time to
spend Christmas with them. They were the recipients of a whole crate of
oranges sent by a relative in Florida. Oranges were a rarity except at
Christmas time. The Cordell relatives had an orange grove in Florida.
My father worked with his brother-in-law the rest of this year. Two
things I remember about this period: During the spring I started to school
at Corinth, one mile from Iron City. The other recollection was the Span-
ish-American War. It was talked that my father might have to go. This
was enough to frighten me and worry me for a short time.
The next year we rented a farm from Mr. Goodwin a short piece away,
but the next year, 1900, came back to Cordell ■ s where we made a bumper
crop. It was this year that a little brother named Emmitt died after a
long illness. He was four years old, and died just before Christmas, 1900.
All along we were struggling to buy a farm. So the next year, 1901,
we rented, for standing rent, a place from Mr. John Brown near Donaldson-
ville. We made a splendid crop, but the old temptation came again to get
rich quick by going into timber. During the summer, my father set up a
cross tie camp near Bainbridge with a large crew of cutters. He took me
on the whole 25 mile trip in one day to see the camp. I remember that at
the camp I heard the first mention of the assassination of President
William McKinley. It appeared that there were 20 or 25 Negro men cutting
ties. They came to the commissary that night to get food and supplies.
The cross ties were being supplied to a new railroad headed for Grace-
ville, Florida. For some reason, the building of the railroad ceased.
This caught us in the lurch and our creditors closed us out completely.
Backing up a little, I must give some other recollections of this
year of 1901. In the spring, at the Brown place we called it, my two
younger brothers and I attended a private school in a log cabin two miles
from home. The cabin still stands (1958). It was at this school we played
the April fool trick on the teacher by slipping off at noon into the woods.
The dogwoods were in bloom. On returning to the school house late in the
afternoon, we found a whipping waiting for us.
One Joy of those days was to be visited by kin folks. During the
spring and summer of 1901, after we had been back in Georgia for nearly
three years, we were visited by Grandpa Brunson, Aunt Bell Brunson, Aunt
Jimmie Brunson and Uncle Tom Brunson. They did not all come at the same
time, but each stayed several weeks. This was great fun to us.
The Brown place was surrounded by great ponds filled with giant
cypress trees. Neither the original pine timber nor cypress trees had
been cut at this time, except to make way for fields.
The ponds and woods were good territory for Tom Sawyers and Huckle-
berry Finns. Although we did not have bateaus, we made rafts of logs and
explored the big pond, which was 20 acres or more in area, and a wilderness
of trees standing in the water. I can still remember the smells of the
water and the trees.
The water was the habitation of several varieties of turtle, including
the large snapping turtle. Some of these weighed ^0 or 50 pounds. There
were also fish, eel and moccasins. Yet the three of us, the oldest being
only ten, explored this area time and again on rafts. Our parents did not
seem to be afraid for us. Our grandfather Brunson, on his visit mentioned
before, initiated us into the use of the raft. He promised to build us a
boat, but ended his visit before he got around to doing it.
The birds among the cypress trees thrilled us. We got glimpses of
cranes, pond ganetts, and herons among the trees. They were all very wild.
It was in the fall of this year that Grandpa Joshua Smith died in the
Milledgeville hospital. Because of his affliction with St. Vitus as he
got older, he was sent there in the early fall of 1901. He was buried in
Because of our financial collapse, Grandpa Brunson came over to see
about everything, as he had always done in time of trouble. He arranged
for us to come back to Alabama (1901). We stayed around a few days with
my mother's relatives and then went to Coffee County where Smith relatives
were. Work soon ran out here and Grandpa Brunson came and moved us over
into Geneva County to a place called Marl. Here my father worked at
running a sawmill, cutting cypress timber, and other things of this kind.
We lived in a very large house with a porch on three sides. Hickory
trees filled the grounds. In the spring the woods were a fairy land and
we explored them everyday. It was here my sister Mattie was born in July
In the early fall, work ran out again and we moved to Henry County
where we worked for a Mr. Killingsworthwhom the family had known before.
Along about November, my father got excited about going back to his people
in Georgia again. He made a trip over there. We had been away about one
He made a good arrangement with his brother-in-law Cordell. We moved
to Georgia again at the beginning of winter or late fall, 1902. Our Uncle
Lewis Smith was still there and we pitched in to help him manufacture the
crop of sugar can syrup. There were several car loads of it. Before the
season was over, we bought out Uncle Lewis and took over the syrup mill.
A few days later, a falling tree killed my father. Uncle Lewis took over
the mill again and I helped him finish up the syrup. It took until nearly
In the meantime, my mother was making her plans to come back to Ala-
bama and live with Grandpa Brunson. Christmas week, 1902, found us again
in Alabama. We lived here until we all grew up.
NOTES FOR MONOGRAPH ON FAMILY HISTORY
Things about the families on the chart.
The Smiths migrated to Alabama from North Carolina. They came about 1838 and were liv-
ing at Victoria in Coffee County in 1862. Apparently they settled in Coffee County or lower
Pike County when they came. In 1860 my great grandfather was living at Haw Ridge near where
Fort Rucker is now. His brother Bryan Smith was living at Rocky Head.
Other families who came along at the same time were the Thompsons and possibly the
Grissetts. These families centered around Spring Hill community in Pike County, and their
descendents in large numbers are still living there. Many descendents of Bryan Smith remained
in Pike County.
I have known about only two of the original Smiths who came to Alabama. They were two
brothers, Isaac and Bryan. They were married and had families when they came to the State.
There might have been others along. They claimed to be Scotch-Irish in descent.
Records will reveal that my grandfather, Joshua A. Smith, enlisted in the Confederate
Army from Victoria, Alabama, in 1862. I was told as a child that he served the whole four
All our Smith relatives that I know in this state are descendents of Isaac and Bryan
Smith. They are quite numerous.
Mv. grandfather, Joshua A. Smith, had brothers Bryan, born 1831 and John, born 1 836 in
Carroll County, Ga. His sisters: Margaret, Elizabeth, Winnie, and Letha. Mary Margaret
married a Mr. Thompson who left her a widow, after which she married Mr. Holley Boutwell of
Spring Hill, Alabama. As a little boy, I saw Mr. Steve Thompson, a son by her first husband.
There were probably other children. A son by the Boutwell husband was Isaac Boutwell, a
native of Spring Hill. There are many descendents of Margaret Smith Thompson and Holley
Boutwell. You will note that Isaac Boutwell, their son, was named for the original immigrant,
Isaac Smith, as my father was also.
Elizabeth married a Collinsworth, and Winnie married an Anderson, both near Milton,
Florida. Letha married a Langley in Whigham, Georgia. Emily also married a Langley and
lived in Defuniak.
My great grandfather, Isaac Smith, seems to have moved away from Coffee County to Georgia
after his children were grown. He died at Whigham, Georgia, long before I was born. My grand-
father, Joshua Smith, died in 1901 in Milledgeville, Georgia. He had been sent to the hospital
there because he had Corea (St. Vitus Dance). This disease was considered incurable. He was
buried at Milledgeville.
My grandmother Smith, who was Mary Jane Grissett of Pike County, Alabama, died at Iron
City, Georgia, in 1917. She is buried at Corinth Church Cemetery, near Iron City, Georgia.
Joshua Smith and Mary Jane Grissett were married at Elba, Alabama, about 1866.
At the time of her death she was living with Uncle Lewis Smith (L. L. Smith) her son.
Uncle Lewis is still living (1959) in Hollywood, Florida. He has a large number of children,
grandchildren and great grandchildren.
My father, Isaac Smith, (named for his grandfather, as you will note) was killed by a
falling tree on December 5, 1902, near Iron City, Georgia, when I was eleven and one-half years
Before giving the details of this accident I will give some of the circumstances and
relationships which accounted for our being in Georgia at this time. We had lived in Alabama
the year before until late fall when we moved back to Iron City. We had kinfolks there. Uncle
Lewis Smith, mentioned above, and Grandma Smith lived there. Aunt Letha Smith Cordelle, my
father's sister, and her husband, Uncle Forrest W. Cordelle, were there. Uncle Forrest, we
called him, owned a rather large plantation two miles from Iron City, and Uncle Lewis Smith
was farming some of this plantation. We had gone back to farm with Uncle Forrest Cordelle
the coming year.
Uncle Lewis had a large acreage of sugar cane still to be harvested and made into sugar
cane syrup. It took weeks to make it up ready for market. We pitched in to help him finish
up the work. We worked in the sugar cane field for awhile.
My father was supposed to be a better syrup maker than Uncle Lewis. So he proposed to
buy the cane crop and make up the syrup. The trade was made.
This meant that we all swapped over. I went from the cane field to the syrup mill.
Uncle Lewis took over harvesting the cane and getting it to the mill, as we had been doing.
My job at the mill was to "feed the mill." I pushed the stalks into the rollers, which
crushed out the juice. This job began before daylight and lasted until after dark. I pro-
duced 500 gallons of Juice on Monday and 400 on the other days except Friday. The juice went
from the mill to a large trough holding 100 gallons. It was evaporated from a 100 gallon
kettle. There were 4 "boilings" each day. It was my task to have the trough full by the
time each boiling came off in order that the kettle might be filled again.
The syrup kettle was fired with cord wood. My daddy took a man and team of mules on the
day he was killed and went for a load of wood. There had been a steady, high wind blowing
all day, a sort of gale.
Just after the noon meal he left me washing out the Juice trough, and went on the wagon
for the wood. In a very little while the man who went with my daddy came running up with a
very frightened look on his face. He announced to me and my brother, "A tree has fallen on
your daddy and killed him." Looking at me he said, "Go and tell your Uncle Lewis." I dropped
my work and moved off immediately toward the cane fields. On the slope from Uncle Forrest's
house down to the sugar cane mill, I met Aunt Letha and some other woman. I can recall that
I had not really accepted the fact that my daddy was dead. I told my aunt where I was going,
that papa was hurt badly by a tree and then added, "Charlie Hobbs said he was killed." I
went on a half mile further to give the same message to Uncle Lewis. He did not ask me a
question or say a word. He dropped his cane stripper, walked out into the road. He pulled
off his hat and ran very fast, leaving me completely. I had no idea he could run so fast and
I followed along in a walk to a point within sight of the accident. I never went to the
spot. A country doctor passing along had been stopped to examine my daddy and of course
promptly pronounced him dead. I saw the doctor leaving. I then turned toward home still in
a walk. My Uncle Lewis overtook me, still in a run. He was going to tell my mother, evident-
ly trying to get to her before anyone else did. Before I got to the house 1 met her on her
way toward the scene of the accident. I went on home and took charge of my six months' old
baby sister. She was your Aunt Mattie. I was a little over 11 years old.
Married July 17, 1828
in Fayette County, Ga.
Mary Margaret Smith
Isaac and Elizabeth came from Georgia to Alabama and settled in
Coffee County. Both were born in North Carolina but were married in
Fayette County, Georgia as recorded above.
This family was living in Carroll County, Georgia in 1850. They
were in Coffee County, Alabama in i860. They must have made connection
with Whigham, Georgia later.
Joshua A. Smith
Mary J?ne Grissett (Pike County, Alabama)
Isaac Smith born 1871 Florida
Letha Smith born 1869 Florida
Lewis L. Smith born 1877 Spring Hill, Alabama
Isaac Bryan Smith is our ancestor and my father.
Emma Smith married Henry Knight and died young.
Letha Smith married Forrest W. Cordell of Iron City, Georgia, who is still
living there (April 2, 1953). He is 89 years old. He has a number of
descendents living in southwest Georgia.
Lev/is La Favette Smith married Hester Hobbs. They have numerous descen-
dents living in Hollywood, Florida.
Census records of 1850 and i860 show that Isaac had sons John and Bryan.
My brother, John Smith , must have been named for John. My brother Jesse
Smith was evidently named for Jesse Thompson, my father's uncle by marriage.
My father's sister, Letha Smith Cordell, also named her oldest son Jesse,
obviously for the same man.
Elizabeth Smith married Abraham Collinsworth of Milton, Florida. She has
many descendents living in west Florida. Her son, Ancil Collinsworth, is
living (April 2, 1953) age 11.
Winifred Smith married Mr. Archie Anderson, Defuniak Springs, Florida.
Her son, Dan Anderson, is still living (April 2, 1953), age 76.
The family of my grandmother Smith as it was in 1850 in Pike County, Alabama
John Grissett born in North Carolina in 1800
Elizabeth Grissett born in North Carolina in 1800
Daniel Grissett born in Alabama in 1832
Pulaski Grissett born in Alabama in 1834
Sarah Grissett born in Alabama in 1836
Mary Jane Grissett born in Alabama in 1839
Martha Grissett born in Alabama in 1841
Veletha Grissett born in Alabama in 1843
These people settled in the country between Spring Hill in Pike County and Victoria in
Coffee County. Dates above indicate they were in Alabama before 1832. Like other families
in this territory, they came as pioneers from North Carolina. It is likely that the Grissetts,
Thompsons and Smiths came together as a group from North Carolina. In fact, a very old mem-
ber of the Smith tribe related that the Thompsons and Smiths came together. This country was
then a very wild frontier territory. Many descendents of all three families still live in
the same community over 150 years later.
Collateral Smith Lines of Interest
As stated in the beginning, I always heard of two brothers, Isaac and Bryan Smith, who
came to Alabama. The following is the family of Bryan Smith in 1850, Pike County.
Bryan Smith b 1810 N.C.
Nancy Thompson b 1815 N.C.
James Smith b 1835 N.C.
Stephen Smith b 1836 N.C.
Henry Smith b 1838 N.C.
As lend Smith b 1839 Alabama
Penuna Smith b 1841 Alabama
John Smith b 1843 Alabama
Sarah Smith b 1845 Alabama
David b 1847 Alabama
Nancy b 1849 Alabama
These people continued to live in Pike County. The above children were second cousins
of my father, Isaac Smith. The one named John above I saw when I was eleven years old. We
were at Goodman in Coffee County where the son of Stephen above was living when this man
visited the Smiths there. He was a rather distinguished looking man of medium size with a
white goatee beard. He had grown sons and daughters.
Later he and his sons moved to Pike County near Glenwood. His sons, Frank and James,
were living there when we moved to Troy. Both are dead at this writing, but many of their
descendents live around Glenwood and Troy.
There was another John Smith, son of Stephen above, who was the victim in a notorious
murder in Crenshaw County about 1890. Scores of people still talk about it 60 years after
My grandfather, Joshua, had moved to Crenshaw County a few miles above what is now
Brantley. This John Smith, whose father lived on White Water River in Pike County, was stay-
ing with Joshua Smith. Trouble developed between the Smiths and the Gibsons. The Gibsons
were very rough people, and some of the Smiths were none too tame, though they were outnumbered
by the Gibsons.
The trouble grew out of an argument about a Negro boy who worked for the Smiths. It seems
the boy, about 14, had burned my grandfather Joshua's cotton gin. Since he was a minor, he was
"bound" by the court to Joshua to work. The Gibsons kidnapped the boy and put him to work for
themselves. John Smith, Isaac Smith and friends went to the Gibson's cornfield and re-kidnapped
the boy. They were chased by the Gibsons, but rescued the negro. This angered the Gibson clan,
and a murder was planned.
A few days afterwards a Sunday afternoon singing was in progress in the neighborhood at
a little country school house. Ben and Sam Gibson appeared quietly in the weeds at the edge
of the yard. Soon John Smith and his associates came out of the house and proceeded toward
the spring. The Gibsons and associates followed. They met at the spring. Smith was armed
only with a knife, Ben Gibson with a pistol. The fuss started. Smith was badly cut by Sam
and shot and instantly killed by Ben.
The trial dragged on for several years, and my father, Isaac, went back as a witness to
the trials after he was married to my mother. He was with John Smith at the spring, but did
not get involved, probably because the Smiths were taken by surprise. They were practically
unarmed, and apparently did not believe the Gibsons meant business. After shooting John Smith
down, Ben turned and pointed his gun at Isaac for several seconds, evidently because he thought
John's relatives would act.
After several trials Sam was cleared, Ben sentenced for twelve years. The Governor
pardoned Ben and that ended it. But for 60 years the episode has given the people many hours,
years, and days of talk.
The man killed was the son of Stephen above and has many relatives in Pike County who never
heard of him. Many Gibsons still live in the same community where this happened. The descend-
ents of Ben and Sam have always been friendly to the few Smith descendents remaining there. The
killing did not develop into a Kentucky feud.
The places of birth of the children in the Bryan Smith family reveal the approximate date
that Isaac and Bryan Smith migrated to Alabama. Henry was born in North Carolina in 1838 and
Aslend in Alabama in 1839. So the families came in 1838 or 1839.
Smith Collateral Families
Lewi 8 Layfatte Smith
I. D. Smith
born 1898 Ashford, Alabama
Married Inez Riddlehoover
born 1902 Donalsonville, Georgia
Married Ruby Herrin,
born 1904 Donalsonville, Georgia
Married Brooks McCarty
Married Corrine Riley
born 1912 Donalsonville, Georgia
Married Estelle Both July 8, 1944
Married P. A. Swindell
L ater Information on Our Smith Ancestry
Nine years after I wrote the little book on our family history, I
found more information about my great grandfather, Isaac Smith. Although
married in Fayette County, Georgia, he was in Carroll County in 1850 and
in Coffee County, Alabama in i860. Here is the census record of 1850 in
Place of Birth
The same group in Coffee County, Alabama in i860:
Elizabeth and Adelaide are the same. Mary and Emily had married; the
marriages are recorded elsewhere. Two boys had also married: Bryan and
It appears that my grandfather had two brothers, Bryan and John. This
answers a question of many years standing. Descendents of these people
still live in Coffee County in 1970.
More Data on the Smith Genealogy, 1880
Research done in the years following my retirement added to and
corrected the Smith record. What follows gives me, for the first time,
the year my father, Isaac Smith, was born and also shows that he was
born in Florida and not in Coffee County, Alabama, as we always thought.
The following is from the census of 1880. It shows that Grandpa,
Joshua Smith, was living in Coffee County near Victoria, but that he had
lived in Florida ten years before. As we already know, he lived in Coffee
County as a boy and married Mary Jane Grissett at Spring Kill in Pike
Smith, Joshua 39 Georgia
Mary J. 39 Alabama
Emily, female 13 Florida
Lethy, female 12 Florida
Isaac, male 9 Florida
Lewis, male 3 Alabama
The oldest girl was called Emma instead of Emily. My sister, Emma
Belle, was named for her as was my mother's sister, Belle Brunson. Emma
Smith married a Knight, and died as a young woman. Lethy is the daughter
who married Forrest W. Cordell at Iron City, Georgia, and was the grand-
mother of Albert Cordell, who still operates the Cordell farm. Isaac was
my father, and Lewis his only brother whose numerous descendents now live
at Hollywood, Florida. Lewis has great-great grandchildren at this date.
Martha Ann Smith
Married December 20, 19*+7
Charles Aubrey Cowart
Mary Charlotte Cowart
Ann Rebecca Cowart
Charles Aubrey (Chuck) Cowart
born Nov. 30, 19^8
born July 18, 1952
born Nov. 5> 1955
Mary Charlotte Cowart
Married September 6, 1969 in Gulf port, Mississippi
William Paul Shaver
Christopher Paul Shaver born June h, 1972
Boca Raton, Fla.
The Brunsons were Immigrants from South Carolina. They came to Alabama immediately after
the state was formed, probably as early as 1822. Two cousins, David Brunson and Daniel Brunson
were among the first men to take up land in the part of Pike County which became Crenshaw.
David Brunson first settled in Clarke County and was living there in 1820. Daniel was in Pike
County in 1822, and by 1828 David had moved from Clarke to Pike or what is now Crenshaw.
Families associated with the Brunsons and migrating with them to Alabama were the Franklins
and Benbows and others who have many descendents in Alabama.
The wife of Albert Brunson, Elizabeth Jenkins, was an immigrant from South Carolina. The
Jenkins family came from near Charleston, S. C. Elizabeth's father was a silversmith. I was
told that Elizabeth's father married a Miss White in South Carolina, which fact takes the
family back to colonial times.
The Brunsons to whom we are related came from "Sumter District," S.C. The districts of
that atate have since been broken up into counties. Their trade center was Sumter.
The original Brunsons came to South Carolina from Connecticut about 1690, which makes them
a colonial family. There were originally "Brownsons," later Brounsons and finally Brunsons,
and sometimes Brunston. The family moved up the Santee River Valley and had spread out over
western South Carolina by the time of the American Revolution.
Many Brunsons served in the American Revolution in South Carolina. You will find them on
the company rosters of Francis Marion, the famous Swamp Fox or partisan leader in the American
Revolution. The given names, Marion and Francis, are still handed down as given names of the
In Alabama the Brunsons from who we are descended centered around the region of what is
now Luverne, spreading out to Mt. Ida and Rutledge, after this territory was opened up to
settlement. My grandfather, Henry David Brunson, was born at Pine Level in 1848, but the family
took up land in Beat 8 in Crenshaw County in 1858.
Henry David Brunson enlisted in the Home Guard from this place of residence during the
last year of the Confederate War. He did duty against bushwhackers, deserters, runaway negroes
in the vicinity of what is now Andalusia. He served only a short time, and reported no par-
ticular adventures. He and another 16 year old ran away from home and joined the Guards.
On the following pages are the Brunson ancestors as far back as we can trace a direct
line. At this writing it has not been possible to uncover the father of David Brunson.
The following are the original Brunsons and their immediate descen-
dents down to 1770. Two brothers, John and Richard , came to Connecticut
about 1630. A son of Richard, named John, married Hannah Scott, 166^-.
These all came to South Carolina about 1690. Isaac above is the ancestor.
I, and his three
Isaac Brunson, Senior - Will dated
Wife: Mary, to have one-ninth of
Son: David , 200 acres on Black
Son: Isaac III, 200 acres on
Wateree adj. David's land,
and also "my part of land
Son: Josiah, not yet 21 years
Son: Matthew, not yet 21 years
of age, land on Jack's
Son: Moses )
Son: Joshua ) Land where "I
live now" and 800 acres
Dau: Mary Mellet
The period immediately following
1770 is the period I have been
unable to fill in. There is a gap
between Isaac Brunson (1770) and
David Brunson, my great, great
David Brunson, my great, great
grandfather is believed by several
genealogists to be a descendent of
one of the sons of the Isaac Brun-
son whose will was administered in
1770. The given names used in
Isaac's family were continued among
his descendents and are used in our
immediate Brunson ancestors.
My great, great grandfather
was David Erunson. My grandfather
was Henry David Brunson. Albert
Brunson, my great grandfather, had
a brother, Josiah. David Brunson
had a first cousin, Daniel Brunson,
who came to Alabama in 1&22, about
the same time he did. Ihey knew
each other in South Carolina as
neighbors and kinsmen.
It is plausible that Daniel
was the son of Daniel in the Will
of 1770, and David was the son of
David in the same will and that
they were therefore first cousins,
living in the same community in
South Carolina and later in Alabama.
The above Daniel actually has
more descendents in this section
now than David. Among them are Mrs.
Gillis Greene of Troy and her num-
Wit. by James Brunson, Senior
Note: M^ry Brunson married Peter
Mellett, who was one of the
Executors, with the sons.
As documentary evidence of these connections, two wills are written in
here. This is an example of how the professional genealogist works a direct
JOHN BROWNS ON - Will dated January 11, 1711.
Wife: Hannah, to have all land at Farmington, New England.
Son: Abraham, land at Weathersfield, Connecticut.
Son: Joseph, five pounds. (John in some records.)
Son: Isaac I, all land in the Province of Carolina.
Dau: Sarah: wife of Daniel Magregory
Gr. Dau: Mary, wife of Preserved Ford.
(Will Book 1711-1718, page 3^, Charleston, S.C.)
Note: Preserved Ford lived in Marion County, S.C.
From 'tew Haven Genealogical Magazine, Vol. 11, pp. 111-112, by Jacobus. (From Farmington
Land Grants, V.6, p. 206).
May 20, 1739, Mary Ford of Prince Frederick Parish, Crauen County, South Carolina, which
was formerly Mary Brounson, the daughter of John Brounson, Jr. , ye son of John Brounson, Sr.,
formerly an inhabitant of Westerfield, both deceased, conveying to my loving brother, John
Brounson of ye parish aforesaid, all right in Farmington and Westersfield.
Vol. 6, P. 206: 18 June 1739, Daniel McGriger, son of Daniel McGriger and Sarah, his
wife, which was formerly SARAH BROUNSON, a daughter of JOHN BROUNSON, formerly an inhabitant
or resident of Wethersf ield, he being a planter in Crauen County, South Carolina, conveying
to JOHN BROWNSON of the same, all right in Farmington and Wethersf ield.
From Vol. 6, P. 206: 28 May, 1739
ISAAC BROUNSON, JAMES BROUNSON, WILLIAM BROUNSON, DAVID BROUNSON, all of Crauen County,
South Carolina, the sons of ISAAC BROUNSON, ye son of JOHN BROWNSON, Sr., Which was formerly
an inhabitant in Wethersf ield, convey to JOHN BROWNSON OF Crauen County, South Carolina, all
right in Farmington and Wethersf ield.
Vol. 6, P. 207: 28 May, 1739
MARGARET BROWNSON, widson of ISAAC BROUNSON, ye son of JOHN BROWNSON, Sr., deceased,
which was formerly an inhabitant of Westersfield, conveys for love of my children, that is
to say, my five sons, GEORGE BROWNSON, ISAAC BROWNSON, JAMES BROWNSON, WILLIAM BROWNSON and
DAVID BROWNSON, all of Crauen County, South Carolina, all right in Farmington and Wethersf ield.
Vol. 6, P. 207: 25 June, 1739
Grace Marten, widow of Moses Martin, of Colston County, South Carolina, planter deceased,
which was formerly BRACE BROWNSON, ye daughter of JOHN BROWNSON, formerly an inhabitant or
resident of Wethersf ield, deceased, conveyed to JOHN BROWNSON of Cramer County, South Carolina,
all right in Farmington, etc.
Vol. 6, P. 208: 25 September, 1739
JOHN BROWNSON of Prince Frederick Parish, Crauen County, South Carolina, conveys to AARON
BROWNSON of Kensington in Farmington, one full fourth part of land in Farmington originally
layed out to my honored predecessor, JOHN BROWNSON, formerly of said Farmington, deceased.
NOTE: These summaries of other wills verify the Connecticut-South Carolina connection,
and also reveals the transition in spelling from Brounson to Brunson.
Several genealogists believe that these Brunsons are the direct descendants of one Isaac Brunson
whose will was probated in 1770. It is believed that David was one of his grandsons, but which
of Isaac's sons was David's father has been so far impossible to document. The family of this
Isaac Brunson will be found in its proper place. Also will be given the direct ancestors of
Isaac on back to the original immigrant to America.
Outline of Brunsons from Sumter District, South Carolina
David Brunson born 1770 S.C.
Married about 1796
Sarah Johnson born 1770 S.C.
1. Josiah Brunson born 1797 S.C.
2. Benjamin Brunson born 1800 S.C.
3. Martha Brunson born 1804 S.C.
4. John (Jack) Brunson S.C.
5. Sarah Brunson S.C.
6. Albert Brunson born 1813 S.C.
No. 6, Albert Brunson, is my great grandfather.
Benjamin was known as Doctor Brunson, and lived near Rutledge. He is buried in an old cemetery
on the Benbow plantation near Luverne, Alabama.
Martha married Mr. Barnett Franklin. These two are the progenitors of the Franklins
around Luverne, Alabama. She was known as Patsy Franklin and lived to be 94 years old.
Jack married Elizabeth Davenport and went to Louisiana perhaps before War of Secession.
Sarah married Mr. Henry Athey at Ramer, and later migrated to Texas.
Albert Brunson born about 1813 S.C.
Married about 1839
Elizabeth Jenkins born about 1813 S.C.
1. Thomas Brunson bom October 11, 1839
2. John B. Brunson
3. Betty Jane Brunson born May 1, 1844
4. Nancy Brunson born about 1850
5. Henry David Brunson born March 8, 1848
6. Otis Saxon Brunson born August 6, 1852
7. Margaret Brunson born about 1846
No. 5, Henrv David Brunson. was my grandfather.
Thomas Brunson died of typhoid fever contracted in the Confederate Army. He was buried
in the old cemetery on the Benbow plantation. He taught school at Ivey Creek in Crenshaw
County before he Joined the Confederates. He was never married.
John B. Brunson migrated to Texas soon after the Civil War.
Betty Jane Brunson was never married. She lived and died on the old Brunson homestead
near Cameron's Chapel. She is buried at Cameron's Chapel.
Nancy Brunson married a widower, Mr. Jasper Turner. Lived to be ninety-four years old.
Is buried at Mount Olive Cemetery north of Brantley, Alabama.
Otis Saxon Brunson married Sallie Thurston. Lived on and around the old Brunson home-
steads until he died in 1924. Is buried at Cameron's Chapel.
Margaret Brunson married Mr. Fern Taylor and this explains relationship of Lit Taylor and
other Taylors to our family. These Taylors and their descendents are quite numerous.
Henry David Brunson
Married January 13, 1870
1. Jimmie Eudora Brunson
2. Thomas Fletcher Brunson
3. Ida Emma Brunson
4. Beulah Bell Brunson
5. Leanna Burt©n Brunson
6. Abigail Bunyan Brunson
No. 3, Ida Emma Brunson, was my mother.
born December 5, 1870
born February 1872
bom August 2, 1873
born April 29, 1875
born June 13, 1877
born November 2, 1880
Isaac Bryan Smith
Married July 20, 1890
Ida Emma Brunson
1. Charles Bunyan Smith
2. John Henry Smith
3. Jesse David Smith
4. William Emmett Smith
5. Emma Bell Smith
6. Rossie Harvey Smith
7. Mattie Mary Smith
Charles Bunyan Smith
Married December 20, 1925
Annie Pearl Newell
1. Martha Ann Smith
born June 5, 1891
born November 16, 1892
born March 11, 1894
born August 7, 1896
born April 11, 1898
born January 19, 1900
born July 6, 1902
born November 3, 1926
Ancestry of Thomas DeLoach who was one of my great-great grandfathers.
On other pages I have traced the descendents in Alabama of Thomas DeLoach. He was the
ancestor of many Fannins to whom we are related.
Because the DeLoaches were descendents of French Huguenots certain people were interested
in their ancestry. There is actually an American Huguenots Society. A genealogist in
Washington put me in touch with a Mr. Steadman several years ago who had traced Thomas DeLoach' i
ancestry back to French immigrants who first came to England. I am giving the lineage as given
by Mr. Steadman. This would qualify you or your children to become members of the Huguenot
Society should you ever become interested.
1. Michael Deloge(Deloges) , member of a Huguenot refugee family, came to Virginia from
Bristol, England, at some time between 1663 and 1671 -- (Bristol and America, p. 501). He
settled in Isle of Wight County where, prior to 9 August 1671, he married Jane, daughter of
Rowland Griffith - (Isle of Wight County, Virginia, Wills etc., Vol. 1, p. 238; Chapman -
Isle of Wight County, Virginia, Marriages p. 16). The anglicised form of his name is
"Deloach(DeLoach or DeLoache)". He is accredited as being the father of —
Michael - Died 1727 in Isle of Wight County, Virginia
William - (See below)
2. William DeLoach was born about the year 1678, a deposition made on 9 November 1698
showing that he was then about twenty years of age — (Isele of Wight County, Virginia, Wills
etc., Vol. 2, p. 387). Prior to 5 March 1705 he married Eleanor, daughter of John Collins,
and settled in Southwark Parish, Surry County, Virginia --(Surry County, Virginia, Deeds,
Vol. 4, p. 346). He died in Brunswick County, Virginia, where his will dated 25 March 1745
and probated 3 March 1747, is of record (Brunswick County, Virginia, Will Book No. 2, p. 140).
He names his wife, Eleanor, and the following children:
William — (See below)
Francis — Died 1770 in Northampton County, N.C.
Martha -- Wife of Harmon Hill
Anne -- Wife of William Hill
3. William DeLoach, Jr., was born about the year 1700(7). Prior to 22 February 1727, he
married Judith, daughter of Richard Wall, and moved to North Carolina where he lived variously
in Northampton, Edgecombe, and Bertie Counties until about the year 1746. Brunswick County,
Virginia, Deed Book No. 1, p. 406; Grimes' - Abstracts of North Carolina Wills -- Will of
Richard Wall, 2/29/1752; North Carolina State Records). Prior to April 1746 he moved to the
Welsh Tract, on Pee Dee River, in South Carolina --(Records in Office of Secretary of State,
Columbia, S.C., Royal grants, Vol. 4, p. 116), and in 1754-7 he and his wife, Judith, are
listed as members of the Baptist Church on Synches Creek --(Townsend - South Carolina Baptists,
1670-1805, p. 96. He is accredited as being the father of --
Thomas — (See below)
Samuel — Died 1760 in Edgecomb County, N.C.
Michael -- Settled in Beaufort District, S.C.
Hardy -- Moved from Beaufort District, S.C, to old Effingham County, Georgia
William — Settled in Beaufort District, S.C.
Elizabeth -- Md. (1) Josiah Allen and (2) Aaron Etheridge, both of Edgefield
4. Thomas DeLoach was born about the year 1730(?). In 1763 he made affidavit before
Andrew Allison (one of His Majesty's Justices of the Peace for Craven County, S.C, as a witness
to the execution of a paper by Abraham Odom and Cibbie his wife -- (Historic Camden, S.C, P. ),
Prior to 4 May 1773 he moved to Edgefield District (that part which is now Saluda County), S.C.
— (Records in Office of Secretary of State, Columbia, S.C, Royal Grants, Vol. 32, p. 558;
Townsend - South Carolina Baptists, 1670 - 1805, p. 170-1.) After 1790 he moved to Sumter
County, S.C, where he died about 1811 (?). Deeds recorded at Edgefield County Court House
show that he married Patience (perhaps Patience Albiam) and, perhaps in addition to
other children, was the father of —
Samuel — Moved from Edgefield District, S.C, to Pickens County, Alabama
Michael — Living in 1789
Thomas - - (See below)
Elizabeth -- Md. Barrett Travis of Edgefield District, S.C
5. Thomas DeLoach was born 20 October 1759 and died 29 July 1819. His will was dated
22 June 1810. He was a Baptist preacher, and served pastorates at Clouds Creek Baptist Church
and Dry Creek Baptist Church in Edgefield District (Saluda County), S.C, and at Phillipi
Baptist Church in Lexington County, S.C. (Chapman - History of Edgefield County, S.C, p. 310;
Laws of South Carolina — Acts of the Legislature - 1802, p. 70; Townsend -- South Carolina
Baptists, 1670-1805, p. 170-1.) He married (1), about 1782, Miss Asbell(?); (2), about 1803,
Sarah Watkins ( bom August 1780, died 9 June 1818); (3), in 1819, Charity Cotton, (widow of
John Cotton) (?). His will and a family Bible record show that he was the father of --
(See page 19 ).
6. Maranda DeLoach married, in 1833, Jacob Sherwood Fannin. She was the mother of —
(See page 21 ) .
7. Martha Maranda Fannin married Henry David Brunson. She was the mother of --
(See page 22 ).
Records at Edgefield County Court House, Edgefield, South Carolina
Will Book "C", Page 34
South Carolina )
) In the Name of God, Amen.
Lexington District )
I, Thomas DeLoach, preacher of the gospel and of the Baptist order, and of the District
aforesaid > being in health of body and of sound memory and understanding, thanks be to God
for the same, do make this my Last Will and Testament in the matter and form following:
My will is that all my Estate, Lands, goods and Chattels, Profits, Debts, Dues, Demands
and Income shall remain in the hands of my beloved wife, Sarah, during her natural life or
widowhood in order that she may be thereby enabled to school and educate my children, but and
if my wife, Sarah, shall marry again then my wish is that all of my Estate, real and personal,
be sold on a credit of twelve months and the money arising from such sales to be divided in
the following manner, to-wit: To my eight oldest children, William DeLoach and Lucy Hunter
and Cata Hunter, Thomas DeLoach and Elizabeth Bush and John DeLoach and Polly and Nancy, I
give one dollar to each of them and the rest of my Estate to be equally divided amongst my
wife, Sarah, and her children which she may have by me, my wife to have a child's part, but
and if my wife, Sarah, shall decease without a second marriage, at her death, I leave my
Estate to be sold in the manner that is aforesaid described and divided amongst my children
as aforesaid, that is, my eight oldest children to have one dollar each of them and the rest
to be equally divided amongst my children which I have got by my last wife, Sarah. And I do
nominate, constitute and appoint ray said wife, Sarah, sole Executrix of this my Last Will
and Testament hereby revoking and making void all and every other Will or Wills at any time
heretofore by me made, and do declare this to be my Last Will and Testament.
In witness whereof I, the said Thomas DeLoach, have hereunto set my hand and seal in
the year of our Lord One Thousand Eight Hundred and Ten and on the twenty- second d' / of June
in the same year it being thirty-fourth and thirty-fifth year of American Independence.
Signed, Sealed and Acknowledged in the presence of us.
Thomas Barkly Thomas DeLoach (Seal)
Shepherd Spencer, J. P.
South Carolina )
) By John Simklns, Esqre.
Edgefield District ) Ordinary of the said District.
Personally appeared before me Sheperd Spencer, who being duly sworn doth make oath and
say that he saw Thomas DeLoach, sign, pronounce and declare the same to be and contains his
Last Will and Testament. That he (the said Thomas DeLoach) was then of sound and disposing
mind, memory and understanding to the best of the deponent's knowledge and belief and that
the said Sheperd Spencer did sign his name as witness thereto at the request of the Testator
in his presence qualified to Sheperd Spencer the 4th October and Charity DeLoach administered
to the Will annexed, the 18th October, 1819.
Given under my hand the last date.
Records In Probate Judge's Office
Edgefield, S. C.
File 8, Package 296 - Will of Thomas DeLoach. Charley(Charity) DeLoach, executrix.
State of Alabama )
) Personally appeared before me Charity DeLoach and with an oath that the
Butler County )
within account is just and true to the best of her knowledge.
20 December 1823
Signed: George Norwood
Item in Account Current:
Cash paid to William Ridlehoover
Purchasers at sale of Estate:
My maternal grandmother was Martha Fannin, daughter of Jacob Sherwood Fannin.
The Fannins who came to this part of Alabama came from South Carolina from Orangeburg
District. Some of them came directly from that district and others from Edgefield District.
They were all related and were aware of their kinship even though they came from these two
districts. Jacob Sherwood was married in Mt. Willing, Edgefield District as the marriage
certificate below reveals.
THIS CERTIFIES THAT
THE RITE OF
Was Celebrated Between
Jacob Sherwood Fannin, Son of Abraham Fannin
and Maranda Deloach, Daughter of Thomas Deloach
married on December 25th, 1833, at Mount Willing, S.C.
by Philip McCarty, Justice of the Peach in Edgefield
WITNESS Allison Deloach WITNESS Miss Jemmie Smith
This Jacob Sherwood Fannin is your great-great grandfather. And of course Thomas DeLoach
and Abraham Fannin would be your great-great-great grandfathers, and you would add another
"great" for Charlotte.
There is a great deal of information on the Fannin family in America. They came in
Colonial times and are very numerous in the country. They are Scotch-Irish and came from
Northern Ireland. I have given the line only of those who are related to us beginning with
the family of Thomas DeLoach, your great-great-great grandfather.
Thomas DeLoach b. Oct. 20, 1759
Sarah Watkins b. 1780
Mahala DeLoach b. April 3, 1804
Sarah DeLoach b. August 15, 1805
Simeon DeLoach b. August 17, 1807
Floyd DeLoach b. September 10, 1808
Allison DeLoach b. April 22, 1810
Madison DeLoach b. March 12, 1812
Marandia DeLoach b. October, 1813
Bambridge DeLoach b. May 18, 1816
Lucretia DeLoach b. June 7, 1818
Maranda above is our ancestor.
As will be set forth later, the DeLoaches were descendents of French Huguenots who came
to America, especially to the Carolinas after 1715. Thomas DeLoach, himself, however was a
Baptist preacher. He preached at Cloud's Creek and Dry Creek Baptist Churches in Edgefield
District (Saluda County) and other churches. He was married three times, Sarah Watkins being
his second and our ancestor.
Jacob Sherwood Fannin
Married December 25, 1833
Mahaly Elizabeth Fannin
Lucresa Carolina Fannin
Daniel Herlong Fannin
John Broxon Fannin
Martha Maranda Fannin
Thomas DeLoach Fannin
Sarah Ann Wadkins Fannin
Mary Milbern Fannin
Tilitha Lucinda Fannin
James R. Abraham Fannin
b. January 25, 1811
b. October 14, 1813
b. September 17, 1834
b. August 2, 1836
b. December 22, 1837
b. June 15, 1839
b. January 17, 1841
b. February 4, 1843
b. February 11, 1845
b. November 3, 1846
b. November 30, 1848
b. November 1, 1850
b. November 1, 1852
b. August 15, 1854
Jacob Berton Fannin
Martha Maranda above is our ancestor and my grandmother. She was called Mattie Fannin,
and that is why I have a sister named Mattie.
Henry David Brunson
Married January 13, 1870
Martha Maranda Fannin
Children (See Page 16 )
No. 3, Ida Emma Brunson is our ancestor.
Isaac Bruan Smith
Married July 20, 1890
Ida Emma Brunson
Children (See Page 16 )
Charles Bunyan Smith
Married December 20, 1925
Annie Pearl Newell
Martha Ann Smith
b. March 8, 1848
b. August 2, 1873
b. June 5, 1891
b. January 1906
b. November 3, 1926
of Children of Jacob Sherwood Fannin
All of these were aunts and uncles of my mother. The list includes her mother. They
are, of course, my great uncles and aunts.
Michael Powell and Mahaley Elizabeth Fannin were married December 26, 1850. She died
October 20, 1865.
I never knew these people, but heard of them frequently.
John Kilpatrick and Caroline L. Fannin were married April 24, 1856. This explains our
relationship to the Kilpatricks of Shady Grove and Troy and other places, such as Luette,
Ralph, Tex. whom you have seen. Caroline L. died August 2, 1912. John Kilpatrick
died in 1903- . '
James Daniels and Sarah A. .Fannin were married in the year 1868. These are unknown to
me - Sarah died April I 1 *, 188*K
Daniel Her long Fannin and Flora Ann Victoria Adams were married January 4, 1872. I
never knew these, but Aunt Bell, whom you know, married his son, John Fannin, who was her
William Moye and Mary M. Fannin were married January 25, 1876. I never knew these.
Mary M. died August 11, 1878.
William Whitehurst and Tilitha Fannin were married February 15, 1872. I saw their
grown sons when I was a very little boy. They went to Texas.
Jacob B. Fannin and Martha Olivia Trotter were married January 17, 1884. I saw this
man. He was the father of Fred Fannin of Montgomery, and others still living at Shady Grove.
Olivia Trotter is still living (1951) above ninety. She is my oldest living great aunt.
Henry D. Brunson and Mattie M. Fannin were married January 13, 1870. This is my grand-
father and grandmother, the mother and father of Ida Emma Brunson.
Reuben S. Owens and Rebecca Fannin were married December 26, 1886.
These explain the relatives in New Mexico whom we have visited several times. They
went to New Mexico before 1890, taking with them my mother's youngest sister, Bunnie Brunson.
So Aunt Bunnie grew up in New Mexico from the age of four. She finally married a brother of
Reuben S. Owens named Jim Owens. He was much older than she was. Their children include
Ruth Owens who taught at Tallassee with us. Aunt Bunnie' s descendents are numerous in New
Mexico. She is still living at this writing (1951).
Other relatives whom we visited were the Dorris's. May Dorris was May Owens, the
daughter of Reuben and Rebecca. She was called Aunt Beck and I have heard more about her than
any of the above uncles and aunts.
May Dorris has a daughter, Gladys Dorris, who married Willard Barber. At this writing
they are in Lima, Peru, where he works for the U.S. Embassy there. They have a grown daughter
who was Martha Barber, now married.
These are all direct descendents of Thomas DeLoach, Jacob Sherwood Fannin, Rebecca Fannin
You will be meeting people who will remind you that they are distantly related. Some-
times they will not know just what the relationship is or how it came about.
I am citing a few families who are distantly or even closely related to us.
Mr. Henry Athey married a sister of my great grandfather Albert Brunson. They lived at
Ramer. Some of them moved away to Texas. Some Atheys still live at Ramer.
Mr. Joe Bryant of Crenshaw married Marietta Compton who was a descendent of Benjamin
Brunson. A man named Friendly Compton married Maria Brunson, a daughter of Benjamin's.
A great many Comptons of Crenshaw and surrounding counties are descendents of this couple.
Others besides the Bryants and the Comptons are the Sports, Taylors, and their many
See genealogy on Page 29
DeLoach and Fannin
Jacob Sherwood Fannin was my mother's grandfather on her mother's side. This makes him
one of my great grandfathers.
The Fannins came to Alabama from Orangeburg, South Carolina. Other records in
this book show that Jacob Sherwood married in Mt. Willing, South Carolina, in 1833. He came
immediately to Alabama and homesteaded land in Coffee County and lived at Coffee Springs. He
later sold out and came to Briar Hill , Alabama, The numerous Fannins around Shady Grove and
Montgomery are related to us through this man.
The marriage certificate shows that Jacob married Miranda DeLoach of South Carolina. The
DeLoaches were descendents of French Huguenots who came in large numbers to North and South
Carolina in colonial times. This note book contains the ancestry of Thomas DeLoach traced
clear back to France. Thomas DeLoach, who was one of my great-great grandfathers, was a
Baptist preacher in Edgefield District, South Carolina. It appears that Huguenots did not
remain Huguenots very long after coming to this country.
Jacob S. Fannin and Miranda DeLoach had a large family, as the family tree on another
page will show.
Kilpatrick, Hicks, Whitehurst, Owen
All these families are still around and their relationships are explained in the descendents
of Jacob S. Fannin. The record will show his daughters marrying an Owen, a Kilpatrick,
a Whitehurst, and others. The Owens and Whitehursts went west. The Kilpatricks are numerous
A Kilpatrick woman married a Hicks and there are a number of this family around Troy,
Shady Grove, and Montgomery.
Jacob S. Fannin had some brothers who would be my great, great uncles. One of the
daughters married a Richburg and their descendents are around. They live around Brantley.
Another daughter married a Saunders, and many of that name live in Crenshaw County. Another
married a Hudson, and these are lost in the city of Montgomery.
These people lived at Ramer. At this writing one of them is a preacher in the Methodist
Conference, and his father was a preacher. His sister is a dean of women at Auburn. (1958)
They are descendents of the Jenkins family, one of whom was the wife of my great grand-
father Albert Brunson. My great grandmother was Elizabeth Jenkins and called Betty. Her
sister married a Thompson and a Thompson daughter married a Turnipseed. Lum Turnipseed was
a trustee of the Ramer school when I went there to teach in 1917.
Anderson, Boutwell, Collinsworth, Langley, Thompson
These families are on the Smith side. My grandfather Joshua Smith had several sisters,
whom I did not know about until recently. The above are the married names of his sisters.
Winnie Smith married an Anderson and they settled at DeFuniak Springs, Florida. Their
descendents still live there, but I have never known them.
Margaret Smith married Mr. Jesse Thompson who lived near Spring Hill in Pike County,
Alabama. This man was killed in the Civil War, but they had one son, Stephen Thompson. I
saw him once when I was a child, but do not know what became of the family. They were of the
same family as Ara and Ira Thompson who live at Spring Hill at this writing 1958. The latter
are not related to us.
Margaret married Mr. Holley Boutwell the second time. There must have been a large
family, although I know of only two. They had a daughter Margaret Boutwell and a son Isaac
Boutwell. They brought up their family near Spring Hill. As the family tree will show, both
my father and Isaac Boutwell were named for the original Isaac Smith. Isaac's son Shelby and
his son Isaac of Troy are the only descendents of Margaret Smith that I have known personally,
although they are very numerous in this territory.
;r. S. U. LIBRARY —
Elizabeth Smith, another sister of Joshua, married a Collinsworth. I found her son, a
Mr. Collinsworth, nearly 80 years old, at Milton, Florida, a few years ago. They gave me a
photograph of Elizabeth Smith, another sister of Joshua.
Another sister, Letha, married a Mr. Langley in Georgia at Whigham. This was before
the older Isaac came to Alabama. She remained in Georgia, but as indicated elsewhere, Isaac
went back to Georgia and was on a visit at Letha' s house in Whigham when he died in the
early 1880 's.
Letha died a few years later. Both are buried at Whigham, Georgia.
The daughter of Margaret Smith Boutwell, mentioned above, married a LeCompte. They
lived in Coffee County and the LeComptes still live around Elba. Some of them were in school
at Troy in 1958.
There are many descendents of my grandfather's three sisters, Winnie, Elizabeth, and
Margaret scattered all over South Alabama and West Florida. I know very few of them, but run
across some almost every year. So far as I know, Letha left no descendents. My information
is that she died when her child was born. Both died.
Grissett, Cordell, Knight
As indicated elsewhere in this notebook, my grandfather Joshua Smith married Mary Jane
Grissett, who was born in 1839 at Spring Hill in Pike County. This marriage must have been
about 1866. The couple married in Elba, Alabama. Many Grissetts still live in Pike County.
One of my father's sisters married Forrest W. Cordell, near Iron City, Georgia. Her
name was also Letha. Their son, Albert Cordell, still lives on the plantation between Iron
City and Donalsonville, Georgia. I have managed to keep in touch with him through the years.
As mentioned elsewhere, it was on this plantation that my father was killed by the falling
tree. Albert, of course, is my first cousin and was old enough to remember the accident. The
Cordells have lived on the same spot for over 150 years.
Another sister of my father married a Knight, also of Whigham, Georgia. This sister's
name was Emma Smith, being the oldest of Joshua Smith's children. She died as a young married
Census of Confederate Soldiers Residing in
Alabama in 1907
Crenshaw County list Page 13
Henry D. Brunson, Brantley, Alabama, born
Pine Level, March 8, 1848, in Montgomery
County, Alabama. Served as private, enter-
ing service 1st March 1864, at Andalusia,
in the 64th Alabama Company F, and continued
until discharged May 1, 1865.
Peter M. Brannon
State of Alabama
In addition to our direct Brunson ancestors, I am also putting down some of
the collateral families. These records will be of interest to many other people in
the years ahead. Research is going on all the time on the Brunson family. One
genealogist I know has worked up four separate studies of the family for different
As stated elsewhere, the Brunsons migrated to Alabama from South Carolina. The
family came to South Carolina from Connecticut as Brownsons about 1690 or 1700. To
me, this was a curious migration. I asked a historian in South Carolina why people
would migrate from New England to South Carolina in those days. He explained.
His explanation was that the Lords proprietors advertised in the older New
England States and in Scotland for settlers. They sent out pamphlets and put ads
in the newspapers. Many other families came from New England and are still referred
to in South Carolina as the "Puritans." They can be distinguished by family names.
I have concerned myself only with the descendents of two of the original migrants
to Alabama, David and Daniel Brunson. These men were closely related and so were
their wives. They were in Alabama as early as 1820. David went to Clarke County first
and was there in 1820, and Daniel was in what is now Crenshaw County in 1822. David
came back to Crenshaw, then Pike, about 1828.
It is assumed that these people and others were on their way to Louisiana, and
like many others, never made it. There is a tradition, however, that one of the
brothers of David Brunson was with the original surveyors of Alabama territory and
picked out the area in Crenshaw. I have heard this many times and from several sources.
Records will show in other places in this report that the children of David
Brunson were Josiah, Benjamin, John (Jack), Sarah, Martha and Albert.
DAVID BRUNSON'S DESCENDENTS
Jo si ah Brunson
Sumter District, S.C.
Sumter District, S.C.
Sumter District, S.C.
Married Emily Compton
Married Friendly Compton 1848
Married Henry Franklin 1860
Married Fern Taylor
Married Benjamin F. Martin
Note that the heads of the two families on this page are the sons of the original
David Brunson. The second family record reveals our relation to certain families still
around in 1960 as the Taylors, Comptons, and Franklins. The other families have dis-
appeared. Benjamin above died in 1855.
David Brunson Line
Married March 21, 1821
Martha (Patsy) Brunson
Mar i ah
Sumter District, S.C.
Married Eliza Cook
Married Sarah Merrill
Married Rebecca Sarter
Married Ann Tisdale, Amanda Tisdale
Married Alice Walden
Married William Bembow
Married Rufus Milligan
Married Ashley Lasseter
Married Billie Holland
Married Jim Wade
Married Vincent Underwood 6/27/1839
• Patsy Brunson Franklin was born November 29, l80*f and died June 17,
1901. This made her over 96 years old when she died. The above family
was reared in what is now Crenshaw County. She married in Clarke County
in 1821 which indicates that David Brunson w^s living there at that time.
Franklins and Brunsons came to old Pike around 1828. Barnette Franklin
owned a plantation and cotton gin just south of what is now Luverne. He
was also a surveyor and was on a committee of five to lay out the town of
Troy when the county seat was moved from Montecello.
The other daughter of David Brunson, Sarah L., married Henry Athey of
Ramer August 8, 1838. She died soon afterwards and the family moved to Texas.
John B., another son, married Elizabeth Davenport in 1833. They went
west at an early date.
Albert's family is given in the first part of this book and, as indi-
cated there, was my great grandfather.
(David Brunson Line)
Mary Louise Brunson, daughter
Margaret Brunson, daughter of
children by Mary Louise
Lou E. Taylor
Jacob B. Taylor
James T. Taylor
John H. Taylor
Albert J. Taylor
Irien E. Taylor
George H. Taylor
Enoch M. Taylor
Children by Margaret
Sarah Jane Thurston
of Benjamin Brunson
born 1855 Crenshaw County, Alabama
Married Hersh M. Carnes
Crenshaw, County, Alabama
born 1859 Crenshaw County, Alabama
Married Liner Wood December 12, 1894
born 1866 Crenshaw County, Alabama
Married Oma Compton March 2, 1893
born 1868 Crenshaw County, Alabama
Married Addle Sasser March 2, 1893
born 1870 Crenshaw County, Alabama
Married Moody Rogers December 8, 1893
born 1872 Crenshaw County, Alabama
Married E. Mary Compton September 21, 1894
born 1872 Crenshaw County, Alabama
Married Lula Nichols
.. , x . T Crenshaw County, Alabama
Married J.M. Lowman January? l898
born 1892 Brantley, Alabama
Married M. E. Grant July 31, 1921
born 1894 Brantley, Alabama
Married Lem Blackwell November 30, 1919
Benjamin R. Brunson
Pike County, Alabama
Pike County, Alabama
Pike County, Alabama
Pike County, Alabama
(The Daniel Brunson Line)
As indicated elsewhere, these pages list a few of the related families of the
direct progenitors listed first. I have also stated that these records of the Brunsons
consider only two groups of descendents: those of David and Daniel Brunson. They were
here as early as 1820. They were not brothers but cousins. The following groups are
the descendents of Daniel Brunson:
Mary (Polly) Johnson
Sumter District, S.C.
Sumter District, S.C.
born 1813 S.C. Married Sarah Kilpatrick
born S.C. Married Louisa Colb 1837
born 1828 Alabama Married Matilda Harrell
born 1831 Alabama Married Jacob Taylor
Alabama Married George J. Cowart
Alabama Married Edmond Tisdale
The first two, Daniel H. and Isaac Joel, have a great many descendents in this
Daniel H. Brunson
born 1813 S.C.
born 1816 S.C.
Children by Sarah E. Kilpatrick. Married September 19, 1865
Daniel J. born 1866
(The Daniel Brunson Line)
Isaac Joel Brunson
Married April 3, 1837
Louisa E. Co lb
Sumter District, S.C,
born 1839 Alabama Married Epsy H. Wood 1866
born 1843 Alabama
born 1845 Alabama
born 1846 Alabama Married Laura Howell 1875
born 1848 Alabama
born 1849 Alabama
born 1851 Alabama
born 1853 Alabama Married Mary Emma Cody
born 1854 Alabama Married Elizabeth Franklin 1882
born 1856 Alabama
born 1858 Alabama
Children by Emily Abigail Williams Brunson.
George Westley born 1860 Alabama Married L. J. Powell 1890
Viola Adella Brunson born 1862 Alabama
Nola born 1866 Alabama
Note: The Jasper Pickney Brunson listed above is the father of Miss Ida Brunson of our
acquaintance and her sisters, among whom are Mrs. Frances Green of Troy, Alabama
Daniel Brunson Line
Dan J. Brunson
Julia T. Hall
David S. Brunson
William A. Brunson
Lillie M. Brunson
James Harvey Brunson
Margaret S. Brunson
Joel E. Brunson
born August 5, 1866 Crenshaw County, Alabama
born October 14, 1867
born 1894 Brantley, Alabama
Married Lessie L. Jackson November 18, 1917
born 1895 Brantley, Alabama
Married Obie L. Butler November 16, 1919
born 1896 Brantley, Alabama
Married Asa Kilpatrick November 9, 1913
born 1898 Brantley, Alabama
Married Ethel L. Battles December 29, 1919
born 1899 Brantley, Alabama
Married Andrew Jack Johnson September 22, 1918
Ethel G. Brunson
born 1903 Brantley, Alabama
Married William E. Brunson February 2, 1924
Frank M. Brunson
Epsy Helen Moody
Joel B. Brunson
Mary L. Brunson
Margaret M. Brunson
Minnie Bell Brunson
Mat tie Brunson
born 1839 Valley - Now Mount Ida, Luverne, Alabama
Daniel Brunson Line
Jasper Pinkney Brunson
Margaret Elizabeth Franklin
Mattie Laura Brunson
Ida Ethel Brunson
Crenshaw County, Alabama
Crenshaw County, Alabama
born 1883 Crenshaw County, Alabama
Married J. S. Golden April 23, 1921
Crenshaw County, Alabama
born 1887 Crenshaw County, Alabama
Married George W. King May 16, 1915
Crenshaw County, Alabama
Erin Olive Brunson
born 1894 Crenshaw County, Alabama
Married Gillis Greene December 29, 1915
born 1896 Crenshaw County, Alabama
Married T. F. Nuckolls 1920
born 1899 Crenshaw County, Alabama
Married F. William Crenshaw April 10, 1924
NOTE: The lines of David and Daniel cross in this family. Margaret Elizabeth
Franklin was a direct descendent of David Brunson through his daughter Martha
(Patsy) Brunson, who married Barnette Franklin.